Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Metabolic Syndrome

  • Anne-Marie Carreau
  • Marie-Hélène Pesant
  • Jean-Patrice BaillargeonEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)


The polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common disorder with important short-term and long-term cardiometabolic consequences. Indeed, affected women manifest many clinical and biochemical features of the metabolic syndrome, putting them at increased risks for diabetes and other cardiometabolic comorbidities. In the past 30 years, the key role of insulin resistance in the pathogenesis of PCOS has been stressed and this common etiology between the two syndromes might account for their similarities. In fact, PCOS is considered a consequence of insulin resistance in the same way as the metabolic syndrome, and women at risk for PCOS are also subject to the development of the metabolic syndrome. Thus, this chapter will explore the relationships between the metabolic syndrome and PCOS.


Polycystic ovary syndrome Metabolic syndrome Insulin resistance Obesity Cardiovascular diseases Diabetes mellitus Hypertension Dyslipidemia Sleep apnea 


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  • Anne-Marie Carreau
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  • Marie-Hélène Pesant
    • 1
  • Jean-Patrice Baillargeon
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada

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